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Me talk pretty one day by  David Sedaris - First ed., first printing (full number line) - 2000 - from Owl & Company Bookshop and Biblio.com

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Me talk pretty one day

by Sedaris, David

Condition: Fine in fine jacket/fine


Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 2000. First ed., first printing (full number line). Hardcover. Fine in fine jacket/fine. Medium octavo in blue-green jacket; 272 pages ; 22 cm. Contents: Go Carolina -- Giant dreams, midget abilities -- Genetic engineering -- Twelve moments in the life of the artist -- You can't kill the rooster -- The youth in Asia -- The learning curve -- Big boy -- The great leap forward -- Today's special -- City of angels -- A shiner like a diamond -- Nutcracker.com -- See you again yesterday -- Me talk pretty one day -- Jesus shaves -- The tapeworm is in -- Make that a double -- Remembering my childhood on the continent of Africa -- 21 down -- The city of light in the dark -- I pledge allegiance to the bag -- Picka Pocketoni -- I almost saw this girl get killed -- Smart guy -- The late show -- I'll eat what he's wearing. || "Me Talk Pretty One Day contains far more than just the funniest collection of autobiographical essays - it quite well registers as a manifesto about language itself. Wherever there's a straight line, you can be sure that Sedaris lurks beneath the text, making it jagged with laughter; and just where the fault lines fall, he sits mischievously perched at the epicenter of it all. David Sedaris's new collection, Me Talk Pretty One Day, tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris's career leads him to New York (the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving) and eventually, of all places, France. Sedaris's move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates, savoring movies in translation (It is Necessary to save the Soldier Ryan), or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other--"Original, acid, and wild," said the Los Angeles Times--to every unforgettable encounter."--Jacket. || Americans -- France -- Paris -- Humor. Americans -- France -- Humor. American wit and humor -- 20th century. Americans -- Paris -- Humor. Americans. Engels. American wit and humor -- 20th century. Americans -- Paris -- Humor. Americans -- France -- Humor. Short stories. Humor. Short stories. Humor. Short stories.


Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a bestselling collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book is separated into two parts. The first consists of essays about Sedaris’ life before his move to Normandy, France including his upbringing in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, his time working odd jobs in New York City, and a visit to New York from a childhood friend and her rather bumpkinish girlfriend.


  • Bookseller: Owl & Company Bookshop US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 87217
  • Title: Me talk pretty one day
  • Author: Sedaris, David
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine in fine jacket
  • Jacket condition: fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First ed., first printing (full number line)
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0316777722
  • ISBN 13: 9780316777728
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Co
  • Place: Boston
  • Date published: 2000


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